W's Riley: NBA draft likely to be heavy on Euros

W's Riley: NBA draft likely to be heavy on Euros
May 17, 2011, 7:06 pm
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May 17, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

The NBA's draft lottery will take place on Tuesday night at 5:30, with owner Joe Lacob representing the Warriors on stage in Secaucus, N.J. The Warriors have been in the NBA's draft lottery 20 times since 1985, the year of the first one.Here's what we know going in -- This is not considered a strong draft. In fact, it's considered among the weakest in recent memory. There are no franchise-changers, no dominant big men and few sure things.BREAKDOWN: Warriors' history in the NBA draft lottery
Warriors general manager Larry Riley said because it's not a big-time draft for college players, expect to see more foreign players selected this year.
"The draft is probably going to be a little top-heavy in foreign players," Riley said. "The impact of the foreign players are going to be felt more because the college draft isn't quite as good, for two reasons."It was a little bit of a light crop anyway and we've had a number of significant players who have decided to return to college for next season. So, you're going to feel the impact of the European player this year as far as the draft goes. What you hope if you get one of them is that you'll feel the impact on the floor over the next few years."-- Raymond Ridder, the Warriors' executive director of public relations, will be the team's representative at the actual lottery drawing -- in the back room. The lottery procedure takes place before the nationally televised broadcast and in a different place from the studio.Lacob will be on stage, with 13 other team representatives.-- Not that it will be affected on Tuesday, but the Warriors also will have a second-round pick once the June 23rd NBA draft rolls around. Golden State will have the No. 44 overall selection, a pick from Phoenix that came via Chicago.-- While there is no consensus No. 1 pick, most feel it could be Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. Riley said he puts Irving in the same category as John Wall, whom Washington selected with the No. 1 pick a year ago, in terms of talent and ability."I would say yes," said Riley when asked if he was as good as Wall. "He's pretty good, deserving of consideration for being the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. No doubt about it."